马会论坛

36
Credit Hours
12
Courses

Degree

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Format

  • In-Person

Public Administration at 马会论坛’s

The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) program at 马会论坛鈥檚 University promotes professional excellence and exposes students to classical works and methodologies in public administration. The program also emphasizes Gerencia Con Coraz贸n 鈥 management with heart 鈥 perspectives and approaches to public service and in the pursuit of the common good. 

The Master of Public Administration seeks to fill the needs of municipalities throughout Texas and the Southwest for the training of local government and nonprofit leaders. The 马会论坛鈥檚 program is one of the few in Texas with a curriculum designed to serve this mission. 

Program of Study

The Urban Management specialization focuses on how local government is administered and managed. The core courses are designed to address contemporary issues confronting urban managers, such as: 

  • Management of scarce resources 
  • Ethics and leadership 
  • Effective service delivery 
  • Degree Plan

    The Public Administration program is 36 credit hours. Students can pursue a thesis or non-thesis option.

    Students can specialize in General Public Administration or Urban Management.

    Students can also pursue a combined 5-year program:

    The School of Law and the University also offer a joint program of study:

  • Course Areas

    Courses are taught by highly respected faculty members and practitioners in urban management and public policy in areas such as:

    • Ethics
    • Leadership
    • Municipal law
    • Program evaluation
    • Public budgeting
    • Public policy analysis
    • Urban planning and economic development
    • Urban political institutes

    Students also participate in an internship or Applied Public Service.


$78,499
Median annual earnings of Urban and Regional Planners
$79,934
Median annual earnings of Budget Analysts
+16.31%
Expected change in employment demand for Social and Community Service Managers over the next 10 years


Earn Multiple Degrees

In addition to separate degree programs in Law and Public Administration, the School of Law and the University also offer a joint program of study leading to the degrees of Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.). The joint degree program allows students to complete the requirements for both degrees in three or four years, depending upon the public administration prerequisites required. 

The J.D./M.P.A. develops lawyers with special skills in the public and non-profit sectors. Affirmative action, natural resource utilization, land use (zoning, planning, economic development), labor disputes, the administration of justice, social service litigation, and civil rights have placed increasing importance on law in the public and non-profit sectors. For those interested in a career in government or practicing law related to the public and non-profit sectors, an advanced degree in Public Administration would be a valuable asset in their career development.

For the student with the appropriate public administration background, the degrees may be earned with the completion of a total of 108 hours of law and public administration credits, 18 hours less than the normal requirement. To satisfy the 90 hours of law for the J.D. degree and the 36 hours of public administration for the M.P.A. degree, 12 hours of law courses are transferred as elective credit to the M.P.A. degree and 6 hours of graduate public administration are transferred as elective credit toward the J.D. degree. Students credited with law courses must complete a minimum of 24 hours for the M.P.A. degree at 马会论坛鈥檚 University, exclusive of prerequisites.

The first year of study consists of law courses. During the second and third years, the student completes the remaining law courses and appropriate public administration courses. Admission to the joint program requires application to both schools although application to Graduate Studies need not be made until the student begins law school.

Joint J.D./M.P.A. Degree Program
  • Combined Degree Program


    Students can pursue a combined five-year program to pursue a Bachelor鈥檚 and Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree. Combined degree programs allow undergraduate students to begin graduate studies in their junior year and pay the undergraduate tuition rate, a substantial savings. They also shorten the time it takes to earn two degrees.



What can I do with an M.P.A.?

Career Opportunities

Recent graduates have careers such as:

  • Budget Analyst, City of San Antonio 
  • City Manager, City of Leon Valley 
  • City Manager, City of Victoria 
  • Director of Zoning and Land Use, City of San Antonio, Council District 7 
  • Financial Portfolio Coordinator, Tarrant County 
  • Human Resources, San Antonio Water System 
  • Management Fellow, City of San Antonio 
  • Urban Planner, City of San Antonio 

Internship Opportunities

The Frank Madla Jr. and Irma Rangel Legislative Internship Program places graduate students as full-time, unpaid legislative staff for a Texas State Representative or Texas State Senator. The program was named for two 马会论坛鈥檚 alumni, the Hon. Frank Madla Jr. (B.A., 鈥59, M.A. 鈥64), 1937-2006, and the Hon. Irma Rangel (J.D. 鈥69), 1931-2003. Together Madla and Rangel gave Texas nearly 60 years of dedicated public service and made huge impacts on San Antonio and South Texas.

Both graduates served in the Texas House of Representatives for more than 20 years, and Madla spent another 13 years in the Texas Senate. In this competitive internship, students earn academic credit while studying the Texas Constitution, the Rules of the Texas House of Representatives and Senate, researching and drafting legislation, analyzing policies and proposed bills, interacting with constituents, and following the legislative process. The internship takes place during the Spring semesters of odd-numbered years that coincide with the regular session of the Texas Legislature in Austin.

Emmanuel Sanchez stands in front of the Master of Public Administration sign.

I鈥檓 a true believer that if local government has more intention, the quality of life for everyone could really skyrocket. That鈥檚 what studying Public Administration prepares you for.鈥

Emmanuel Sanchez (B.A. 鈥22)
Master of Public Administration student

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